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Old 10-24-2011, 11:26 PM   #61
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Place about two ounces of single malt in a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Swirl the contents three or four times.

Place the nose about twelve inches above the rim of the glass and sniff lightly as you slowly move your nose closer or farther from the rim of the glass.

Swirl the whisky again and smell again.

Now that you have found the "correct" distance for YOUR nose and THIS particular single malt, place about a half-teaspoon of good quality, room temperature water in the single malt. I keep a bottle of such in my single malt cabinet. Now quickly swirl the contents a couple of times and nose again. If the whisky has much character, you will now most likely have to move your glass farther from your nose. There may be an intense release of aromas from the malt- or maybe not so intense. This robust release of aromas is due to the old Chemistry 104 term called "heat of solution." In effect, this rule states that when two chemicals are mixed, they may "take on" or "release" energy, thus becoming cooler or warmer. In the case of a whisky and water mix, the solution becomes slightly warmer, thus releasing the ethyl alcohols which contain much of the aroma of the single malt. The "nosing" step of appreciating the single malt is very important. There are 32 primary aromas, but only four primary tastes (via the tongue). Taste is influenced by the sense of smell for more than most people are aware.

At this point, take a small sip (3/4 to 1 teaspoonful) of the single malt into your mouth and allow it to coat the tongue and mouth well (no mouthwash swishing, now). Swallow slowly and envision the "Bell Curve" (you would expect a "Bell Curve" comparison from a professor, huh?) as the intensity of the flavor builds to a pinnacle and then declines. The more flavor and the longer it takes for the flavor to reach its flavor peak, the "taller" the "bell" will be.

The length of time it takes the flavor to reach its peak, and the longer the flavor lasts after it attains the peak (referred to as the "finish" or "after-taste"), the broader the Bell will be. With careful attention and regular practice, a great deal of information concerning the idiosyncrasies of single malts can be learned. More importantly, however, is the tremendous level of appreciation for the single malt that will occur. The incomparable single malt was never meant to be "drank," like other liquids. It was meant to be savored and "experienced." In fact, if one takes the time to get educated concerning the taste, history and mystique of the Scotch single malt, they may come to actually revere it. To "chug" a Scotch single malt is sacrilege, and I distance myself from such an uncouth individual as quickly as possible before the historically, well-documented, McCoy Celtic ire is aroused.

I strongly recommend that the Scotch single malt be "approached" in the same manner that one would a member of the opposite sex that may intrigue you. An open mind, patience, sincere attention to detail and an opportunity for it to reveal and exhibit its unique special qualities may disclose an "individual" whose company you can enjoy on many occasions. It could also be that you will meet that individual who you will want to spend a lifetime with. That's what The Scotch Doc thinks. What is your opinion?
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My friends and I have been exploring Japanese whiskey lately. So far I'm liking Yamazaki 12yo single malt and Suntory Hibiki 17yo blended.





Other brands I enjoy: Macallan Whiskey Maker Editions, Macallan 18, Glenlivet 12
I have a few other bottles in my cabinet that I've yet to try
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This is what I had a few months ago.
I moved and threw out all of those bottles, and haven't bought much liquor since. Been drinking beer more.

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My friends and I have been exploring Japanese whiskey lately. So far I'm liking Yamazaki 12yo single malt and Suntory Hibiki 17yo blended.





Other brands I enjoy: Macallan Whiskey Maker Editions, Macallan 18, Glenlivet 12
I have a few other bottles in my cabinet that I've yet to try
Nice, I hear some of the japanese whiskeys are good. I haven't bought a bottle ever but at the japanese bar I used to hit when I lived near Little Tokyo,LA,CA I'd get japanese whiskey mixed with iced tea. A combo I still like to this day but I use Crown Royal instead.
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Ha, interestingly enough, I bought a bottle of Yamakazi 12 year today. I've been reading up a lot on Japanese whisky.

So far so good. It's really enjoyable.
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Ha, interestingly enough, I bought a bottle of Yamakazi 12 year today. I've been reading up a lot on Japanese whisky.

So far so good. It's really enjoyable.

Open that bottle and enjoy, buddy

I had mine with a single ice cube or just a dash of water.
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Hey, I'm glad this thread didn't turn into a pissing contest of who drinks more expensive sh*t. On the downside, it's making me want to go out and buy whiskey and the last thing I need now is MORE drinking...
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This is what I had a few months ago.
I moved and threw out all of those bottles, and haven't bought much liquor since. Been drinking beer more.

Jefferson's! I've had that recently! Nice, but I prefer Woodford Reserve!
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Nice a scotch/whisky thread!!! I stay in scotland in a place called keith, which is right on the malt whisky trail!!! Nothin better than a Balvenie 15, maybe 10ml of water, 3 ice cubes in a glass which has been in the freezer for 15 mins, it takes ur breath away!!! Ecspecially after giving the e46 m3 a good beatin, thirsty work you know!!!
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so you drink a crap load of scotch then you go beat the shiit out of your m3?

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this is a scotch thread.....bourbon belongs in its own thread
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Nice a scotch/whisky thread!!! I stay in scotland in a place called keith, which is right on the malt whisky trail!!! Nothin better than a Balvenie 15, maybe 10ml of water, 3 ice cubes in a glass which has been in the freezer for 15 mins, it takes ur breath away!!! Ecspecially after giving the e46 m3 a good beatin, thirsty work you know!!!
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start drinking specialty beers too, now that youre of age, youll tend to enjoy the flavors of alcohol more rather than just the consumption
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I got spoiled, last year my boss bought me a bottle of blue, nothing has come close but I can't be spending that much on scotch just yet...
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start drinking specialty beers too, now that youre of age, youll tend to enjoy the flavors of alcohol more rather than just the consumption


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I got spoiled, last year my boss bought me a bottle of blue, nothing has come close but I can't be spending that much on scotch just yet...
Blue is one of the smoothest scotches I have had, however you can get bottles equally as good for half the price, literally. Stick with something cheaper for now, that way when you try 15 and 18 year scotches you'll appreciate them more
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No no, beat the crap out of the m3 on saturday, then in the evening after having hard day of enjoying my bmw i just crack into a bottle of scotch!!!! I cant wait for saturday to come around again!!! Sunday mornins suck though!!!!
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No no, beat the crap out of the m3 on saturday, then in the evening after having hard day of enjoying my bmw i just crack into a bottle of scotch!!!! I cant wait for saturday to come around again!!! Sunday mornins suck though!!!!
my interpretation was better, i would suggest you try that method out lol
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